IFMA offers the opportunity to develop contacts and exchange information with other facility management professionals locally and worldwide through conferences, seminars, councils and chapter programs.
|EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, CONFERENCES AND EXPOSITIONS
Each year, IFMA hosts educational conferences and expositions. These events include daily general sessions, concurrent educational programs and tutorials and extensive expositions of products and services pertinent to facility management. World Workplace-North America-IFMA’s signature event, and World Workplace-Europe unite all workplace professionals and numerous well-respected organizations and publications. To reflect the educational needs of IFMA’s global membership, conferences focusing on the unique challenges facing particular regions are held around the world.
Held throughout the year, these programs are designed to meet the educational needs of facility professionals.
PROGRAMS IN CORE COMPETENCIES
These three-day programs provide important information about specific areas of the facility management profession and offer extensive networking opportunities.
Obtain specialized instruction and training in the comfort of your home or office using self-study programs developed to meet the needs of all facility professionals.
CHAPTER AND COUNCIL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Many chapters and councils hold workshops or seminars throughout the year.
FACILITY MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION
To accomplish its vision of universally representing facility management as a profession, IFMA is proud to offer the first certification program designed specifically to recognize competent facility professionals. Certification is structured to tap into the experience and educational backgrounds of facility managers and test for professional competence. It is the backbone of the profession’s integrity and international recognition.
Since the program began in 1992, approximately 2,500 facility professionals around the world have achieved certification. By earning the CFM designation, they receive recognition for their expertise in the field and obtain the credibility and prestige they deserve.
PUBLICATIONS & WEB COMMUNICATIONS:
|FACILITY MANAGEMENT JOURNAL
FMJ is a bimonthly magazine that supplies practical information essential for meeting the many challenges inherent in producing safe, humane and effective work environments.
This monthly newsletter contains information on Association activities, research projects, chapter and council news, calendar of events, facility spotlight and a variety of topics currently affecting facility management.
IFMA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
Available to members only, this valuable resource contains the name, title, organization, address, phone number and, if available, fax number and e-mail address of every IFMA member. The three versions available are the printed directory, CD-ROM and the online directory. www.IFMA.org
The Information Center call group is comprised of specialists cross-trained in various areas to expedite calls to the Association. Each Membership Information Specialist (MIS) is prepared to offer immediate assistance to anyone calling IFMA headquarters. Some of the areas they can assist you with include conference and seminar registration; IFMAnet; JOBnet; information packets; member information changes; new member and renewal processing; promotional items and publication sales.
IFMA WEB SITE www.ifma.org
IFMA’s Web site provides quick and easy access to facility-related information and services. It is the best way to obtain and distribute information on current facility management issues as well as learn what IFMA can do for its members. Some of the more useful items found on IFMA’s Web site include: the Buyer’s Directory; Education; Membership services; JOBnet.
Using their IFMA ID and password, IFMA members have access to IFMAnet, which connects them to cutting-edge ideas related to the productive workplace. Services included through IFMAnet are: forums on facility management topics; IFMA membership directory; chapter and council resources; and access to the Facility Management Journal and IFMA News.
IFMA’s commitment to its members and the facility management profession is demonstrated through its products and services. JOBnet, the Association’s online job referral service, is one example.
JOBnet helps match qualified job hunters with suitable employment opportunities. Instant access benefits both the employer and the job candidate. Job searches and resume posting are free of charge to IFMA members.
IFMA COUNCILS (Also see the Councils page)
Councils give members the ability to connect with other members who have similar topics of interests or are in the same industry. They provide networking opportunities that transcend geographical borders and are the ideal solution for facility professionals seeking highly targeted education in their particular area of expertise. Qualified IFMA members may apply to the council of their choice.
There are currently 19 chartered, special-interest councils within IFMA
Membership in IFMA may entitle you to membership in a local IFMA chapter. Chapters hold regular meetings and provide members opportunities to network, share information and learn the newest facility management skills, issues and techniques.
IFMA has established affiliations with other similar member organizations in various parts of the world. This initiative provides you additional access to people and information that might otherwise be difficult to obtain. This also allows IFMA to bring you more networking opportunities, as we integrate some of our activities with those of affiliate groups.
IFMA affiliations include: Irish Property and Facility Management Association; Japan Facility Management Promotion Association; Korean Facility Management Association; and New Zealand Property Institute. Global Societies include Association des Responsables de Services Generaux; British Institute of Facilities Management; FMA Australia; Facility Management Nederland; and Norwegian Facility Management Network.
|IFMA offers a variety of membership classifications to satisfy the diverse needs of its members. These include:
Open to facility professionals and educators, whose primary responsibilities are to oversee, provide or teach at least two of the following activities:
Facility business functions (i.e., code compliance, total quality management process, benchmarking, telecommunications, purchasing, security, food service, reprographics, building services, word processing, transportation, mail services, furnishings and equipment inventory and maintenance, etc.) and facility administrative functions.
- Long-range facility planning (strategic planning)
- Annual facility planning (tactical planning)
- Facility financial forecasting and budgeting
- Real estate acquisition and/or disposal
- Interior space planning, workplace specifications and installation and space management
- Architectural design and planning
- Environmental, health and safety
- New construction and/or renovation work
- Maintenance and operations management of the physical plant
Open to individuals whose responsibilities include sales, marketing or business development as a consultant, representative of a manufacturer, vendor, dealer or distributor of facility-related products and services. The membership belongs to the organization; however, it is recorded in the name of an individual representative. The organization may assign or transfer the membership among its personnel. No more than two representatives from any organization may belong to any one chapter at a time. Those applying as Associate members to chapters over their membership ratio will be accepted immediately as Associate At-Large members. As such, they will have all rights and privileges afforded Associate members with the exception of chapter membership. Chapter membership will be added as soon as space becomes available. In the interim, access to chapter activities and any fees charged for this access are solely at the chapter’s discretion.
Open to active degree candidates who are engaged in full-time (12 semester hours) educational programs in facility management or a related field of study at an accredited college or university. This membership belongs to the individual and is transferable with the individual. The rights and privileges of the Student members shall include participating in all Association activities, except those designated only for Professional, Associate and Lifetime members. They shall not include holding office on the executive committee or serving on the nominating committee, or use of the Association for the direct promotion of products and services.
Open to Professional or Associate members in good standing who have been active members for at least 10 consecutive years and provided significant contributions to the Association. Lifetime membership is granted upon permanent retirement from full-time employment and subject to approval of the Executive Committee and local chapter. Lifetime members are exempt from annual dues. Rights and privileges of a Lifetime member include participating in all Association activities, voting privileges, chairing or serving on all committees as designated and holding appointive or elective office at the chapter level. Additional information and a separate application are available from IFMA for this membership.
CORPORATE SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP
Open to companies interested in promoting excellence in the management of the work environment. Corporate Sustaining Members are a valued resource in the Association, supplying comprehensive information on the latest advancements in product and service offerings to the professional interest of our members. Benefits include recognition in IFMA publications; complimentary, one-time-per-year-use of the mail list; a discount on booth space at World Workplace-North America; and a company listing on the IFMA Web site. Additional information and a separate application are available from IFMA for this membership.
|IFMA Foundation was established as a 501(c) (3) corporation in 1990 to assist in the advancement of facility management through the funding of research, education and scholarships. The Foundation provides workplace professionals with the resources needed to improve job performance, foster greater corporate reliance on facility managers and improve credibility for the field within business and industry.
Every dollar generously donated by individual members, chapters, councils and corporate sponsors to the Foundation goes toward the advancement of the profession. Funds benefit activities such as:
- Academic Facilities
- Call Centers
- Computer Applications
- Corporate Headquarters
- Corporate Real Estate
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Financial Services
- FM Consultants
- FM Educators
- Health Care
- Legal Industry
- Museums/Cultural Institutions
- Public Sector Facilities
- Religious Facilities
- Research and Development Facilities
- Shopping Center and Retail Facilities
New councils will be added as members voice a need for them.